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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Arizona Diamondbacks give manager Torey Lovullo one-year extension despite 104-loss season

With a little over a week left in the season and his team tied for the worst record in the major leagues at 48-104, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was given a one-year contract extension through 2022.

The deal announced Thursday includes a club option for 2023, according to general manager Mike Hazen.

“Through everything the season has presented, Torey did a good job of getting guys through this, even in a season where we might set a franchise-worst record,’’ Hazen said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2021 at 04:24 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, torey lovullo

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Caleb Smith gets 10-game ban for foreign substance on glove

Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Caleb Smith has been suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his glove, it was announced Tuesday.

Smith, who was also fined an undisclosed amount, has appealed the penalty, allowing him to play until the appeal is heard.

Smith was ejected in the eighth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 18. His glove was sent to New York for examination.

Smith argued and at one point had to be pulled back by some of the team’s coaches following the ejection.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2021 at 04:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: caleb smith, diamondbacks, foreign substances

Sunday, August 15, 2021

D-Backs face Chase Field decision: Love it or list it

Whether to renovate or build new elsewhere: the Arizona Diamondbacks are facing a huge decision about the future of Chase Field, which is showing its age at a time of rapidly changing venue expectations.

Opening in 1998, Chase Field is a perfectly adequate ballpark, though fans are missing the modern bells and whistles expected from a modern MLB experience. It does, in many ways, feel like a shame that we’re talking about drawbacks to a facility opening just 23 years ago. Yes, Chase Field is still functional: the roof still opens and closes, the air conditioning still cools spectators, and the concession stands serve up some tasty fare.

But everyone expects more from a ballpark these days: teams expect ballparks to anchor real-estate development a la Truist Park and The Battery or Wrigley Field and Wrigleyville, fans expect more than just a nine-inning seat and a hot dog, and sponsors expect a unique way of directly reaching consumers. Oh, and everyone wants a winning team.

So what do you do if you’re the Diamondbacks, operating in a market with other sports teams are offering elevated experiences? With the Phoenix Suns renovating Footprint Center, the Coyotes working on a plan for a new Tempe arena, ASU football operating in a renovated Sun Devil Stadium and State Farm Stadium delivering a quality NFL experience, the Phoenix market is competitive, to say the least. Hence the evaluation of Chase Field as the team’s future home.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2021 at 02:26 PM | 23 comment(s)
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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tyler Gilbert tosses MLB’s eighth no-hitter in first start

Arizona Diamondbacks rookie Tyler Gilbert, making his first big league start, tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in a 7-0 win Saturday night at Chase Field.

It was the eighth no-hitter of the season, matching the major league record set in 1884, the first season overhand pitching was allowed.

Gilbert, selected in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft last winter, had five strikeouts and three walks. He previously made three scoreless relief appearances with Arizona this season.

The only other pitchers to throw a no-hitter in their first career MLB start are Ted Breitenstein in 1891, Bumpus Jones in 1892 and Bobo Holloman in 1953, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2021 at 10:52 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, no-hitter, tyler gilbert

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Milwaukee Brewers acquire Eduardo Escobar from Arizona Diamondbacks for two prospects

The Milwaukee Brewers added another infielder to their roster on Wednesday, trading with the Arizona Diamondbacks for veteran Eduardo Escobar.

Escobar, 32, had 22 home runs for the last-place Diamondbacks and made his first All-Star Game this season. He can play any infield position, and is likely to see time at third and first base. The Brewers have Willy Adames and Kolten Wong playing shortstop and second base, respectively.

The switch-hitting Escobar has a career .778 OPS in 11 seasons, the past four with Arizona. It’s the third in-season trade to net the Brewers an infielder, as they previously acquired Adames from the Tampa Bay Rays and first baseman Rowdy Tellez from the Toronto Blue Jays.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2021 at 11:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, diamondbacks, eduardo escobar

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Arizona Diamondbacks’ losing streak over at 17 with win over Milwaukee Brewers

The Arizona Diamondbacks won on Monday, and their 17-game losing streak came to an end.

For the first time since June 1 and the second time this month, the Diamondbacks walked off the field winners with Monday’s 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Chase Field. Starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (3-7) led the way, allowing just one run on five hits with five strikeouts and a walk over seven innings for his first win since April 27.

With the final out, catcher Stephen Vogt pumped his arms in celebration and the crowd of 9,804 roared. Players streamed out of the dugout with smiles on their faces.

The Diamondbacks (21-53) totaled nine hits and got two each from Ketel Marte and Nick Ahmed. Arizona trailed 1-0 after Avisail Garcia drove in Kolten Wong with a two-out single in the first inning.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2021 at 12:49 AM | 31 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Struggling Diamondbacks ‘part ways’ with hitting coaches Darnell Coles, Eric Hinske

The Diamondbacks have fired hitting coach Darnell Coles and his assistant, Eric Hinske, the first significant changes the club has made as its losing skid stretches into its sixth week.

The team announced on Thursday afternoon that it had “parted ways” with the two coaches. They will be replaced by Triple-A Reno hitting coach Rick Short and major-league run-prevention coordinator Drew Hedman, who had been a sort of third hitting coach alongside Coles and Hinske.

The Diamondbacks are 5-30 since May 4, a stretch in which they are hitting .223/.290/.341 as a team. Their .631 OPS during that span is the worst mark in the majors. 

The Diamondbacks have lost a franchise record 19 consecutive road games, the fourth-longest streak in baseball history. They have lost 21 of 23 games overall.

Coles and Hinske were in their third seasons in their respective positions.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 10, 2021 at 04:56 PM | 12 comment(s)
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